We can’t rely on the weather in Northern Ireland, but we can be sure if we’re off over the Easter break, and on the hunt for things to do and places to go, the selection of events on offer will not disappoint.
Check out our cracking list of must see and must do events happening over the Easter break.
l Easter at W5 in the Odyssey (until April 27) offers a whole eggs-travaganza of activity from the popular egg racing to daily science demonstrations.
l Join the Easter Bunny at Dundonald International Ice Bowl on April 21 and 22 and treat your little bunnies to an egg-citing day with Ice Skating, ten pin bowling and Indiana Land playworld all under one roof. Children can be transformed into eggs, chicks and bunnies with face-painting and get creative with craft workshops.
l Hop onboard the Easter Eggspress for a steam train adventure from Belfast Central Station to Whitehead on April 21 and 22. There will be two trains each day departing at 11am and 1.30pm – fun for the family, with Easter eggs for the children. Pre-booking is essential.
l Come along for family fun at the Easter Festival in Titanic Belfast from April 19 to 22 with lots of activities taking place in the main atrium, including face painting and seasonal themed crafts.
l Join the Living History characters for Easter Fun at Dunluce Castle in Bushmills on April 19 and enjoy some medieval activities. Have a go at egg rolling competitions, hunt the egg and even find out how to dye an egg. Find out why Easter eggs were not always made of chocolate, Easter bunnies used to be hares and how Easter got its name.
l The Easter Egg Trail in The Argory (until April 27) gives people the chance to find the Cadbury’s chocolate treasure with its fantastic egg trail. Enjoy some eggstra Easter fun and activities on Easter Monday and Tuesday with face painting, games and craft activities.
l Easter Activity Days For Kids at Craigavon Golf & Ski Centre in Lurgan on April 23 and 24 are perfect for children who are keen to get involved in a variety of land-based activities. An enthusiastic team lead a wide range of activity sessions throughout the day. Activities on offer include snowtubing, skiing, climbing, archery and team games.
l Easter Family and Adventure Activities in Carrowmena Activity Centre in Limavady from April 18-25 include climbing, zip lining, archery and canoeing.
l Coleraine Borough Council is launching the ever popular Easter programme this April, aimed at kids aged from four to 14 years old. Council’s Sport Development and Recreation Team has lined up a full programme of football and multi-sports coaching camps, which will help kids to burn off all those Easter eggs and keep fit!
The various camps will take place from Wednesday, April 23 to Friday 25 and will include a free transport collection schedule, supporting kids to attend.
l Visit Springhill House in Moneymore and explore the fantastic Cadbury’s egg trail around the grounds throughout the Easter holidays. Enjoy Easter fun and activities on Easter Sunday and Monday.
l Pan Celtic Festival, various venues, April 22 - 27. The festival attracts visitors from across Ireland and the Celtic nations with events including the Festival Parade, harp, fiddle, piping, choral and traditional singing competitions along with themed nights and a Camogie Blitz.
l Easter Celebrations at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum in Cultra from April 20 – 22 will give people the chance to take part in egg-rolling down Bleach Green, follow the Easter treasure hunt and work off those chocolate Easter eggs by joining in the street games. Have a go at creating your own Easter art and welcome the new additions to the museum’s farm, including the spring lambs, piglets and baby chicks.
l Easter Monday in Bangor on April 21 promises a great day out for all ages, with entertainment at the seafront including giant slinkies, Lego workshops and a spring fair with speciality foods and crafts. The highlight of the day will be the spectacular themed parade celebrating Easter.
l Bring the children to the Mount Stewart Easter Egg Trail from April 18-26, follow the clues around the Lake Walk and return to collect your egg!
l Easter Adventure Camp at the Share Discovery Village in Lisnaskea from April 18-20 is an action packed weekend for 12 to 16 year olds. Take part in an adventure on the Lough Erne Canoe Trail, learn map reading, bushcraft and survival.
l Take the opportunity to see Crom from a different perspective with the Easter Cot Cruise at Crom in Newtownbutler on April 20 and 21. Enjoy a cruise around the Lough in Crom’s 100 year old traditional craft, and on April 20 come along for some Easter fun as you follow the trail around the estate to locate chocolate treasure.
l Easter Celebrations at the Folk Park in Omagh from April 19-21 will give people the chance to try their hand at the traditional crafts of spinning, basket weaving or rope making. Younger visitors can help feed the spring lambs and young chicks. Enjoy storytelling sessions for all the family within the unique setting of the museum’s exhibit buildings and ‘take your partner’ for a spring-time hoe-down in the Pennsylvania Barn.
l Easter Monday Big Family Picnic in An Creagan Visitor Centre in Omagh on April 21 is a day of outdoor fun for the whole family. Take the opportunity to join other picnickers for a good old-fashioned day out. Experience the mad hatter’s tea party or bring your own picnic. There will be live music from Martello jazz band for the grown-ups, and lots of fun filled activities for the children
l It’s that time of the year again when Cadbury teams up with the National Trust to offer families the ultimate day out with their popular Easter Egg Trails.
This year, the Cadbury Eggsplorers Easter Egg Trail will take place from April 18 to 21 and will see families everywhere invited to unleash their inner explorer with adventurous trails taking place in some of most amazing locations in Northern Ireland.
From spring woodlands and craggy coastlines, to historic houses and enchanting gardens, there’s lots of Cadbury Easter Egg Trails to choose from across Northern Ireland.
What’s more, all Eggsplorers will receive a chocolatey treat at the end of each completed trail, and every single Cadbury Easter Egg Trail will help support special places in the Northern Ireland.
To join in with the fun, visit www.eastereggtrail.co.uk
For more information on National Trust Easter events, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events